Recognized as one of Washington's top locations for
retirees, Sequim (pronounced ‘skwim') is a small, friendly city
(population just under 7000) located on the gorgeous Olympic
Peninsula in the northwest corner of Washington State. Sequim earned
its nickname, ‘The Blue Hole', when pilots noticed no matter what
the weather, there were almost always blue skies over Sequim, which
is located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and on the
Strait of Juan De Fuca. With only 16” of annual rainfall, the area
is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, biking, water
sports, skiing, birding, golfing and fishing.
Organic fruit, vegetable, and berry farms are found
throughout the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Sequim's deep roots as an
agricultural community are celebrated each May in the state's
longest running festival, the Irrigation Festival. Farm to table
restaurants, markets featuring locally grown organic produce, and
several local nurseries provide residents with a wide variety of
venues that support healthy living.
Internationally recognized as home to premier growers of
Lavender, family-owned farmers are proud of the special attention
they give to growing the finest lavender in the country. Farmers and
the city partner each July to present Sequim Lavender Weekend, a
three-day celebration of everything lavender that includes lavender
farm tours, a street fair, and a plethora of community events.
Our downtown core is full of
locally-owned unique stores that include the finest in home and
garden objects, hand-printed linens, local lavender, craft supplies,
art, antiques, and so much more.
The City is within an hour of the Olympic National Park
and Olympic National Forest, as well as the Kingston Ferry, which
takes passengers to Edmonds, a quaint community outside downtown
Seattle. Closer to home, you are 30 minutes away from Hurricane
Ridge, the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National
Park, and a stone's throw from the Dungeness Spit, which stretches
5.5 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.